Your guide to the best food festivals happening in Toronto this summer
by Sulvey Polanco | April 13, 2019

Festivals where food is the star? Count me in.

Food is loved worldwide. It brings groups of people together and admittedly brings smiles to most people’s faces. With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start planning all the foodie spots you’ll want to visit. If you’re looking for something fun to do this summer then you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve rounded up the top food festivals happening in Toronto this summer so you can get your foodie on. Here are 5 you should keep on your radar when the weather warms up:


burger on plate with bacon and side of french fries


Burgers have got to be one of the most renowned and loved foods across the world. Now, picture this: a festival DEDICATED to all things burgers. I know this seems too good to be true but low and behold Burgermania is here to make your dreams come true.

This three-day festival runs from May 31-June 2, 2019 and the admission is FREE! Stop by Yonge and Dundas Square and enjoy a wide array of burgers from different vendors. Plus, vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available so ANYONE can enjoy!



poster for toronto poutine fest on tour with a variety of different plated poutines
Image Courtesy of Poutine Fest

Poutine Fest

What screams ‘Canada’ more than poutine? The first thing that people usually envision when they think about Canadian cuisine is our beloved poutine. Poutine has become one of the most renowned staple Canadian dishes available at most fast food joints. If you love poutine and want to expand your horizons by trying new and different versions of this french fry delicacy then this festival is the one for you.

The annual Poutine Fest is back for another year and runs from May 24-26, 2019 at Yonge and Dundas Square. Enjoy all the poutine you’d like ranging from classic to vegan to even lobster poutine and so much more! You definitely need to check this one out! Plus, admission is free!



Group of People at Taste of the Danforth festival dancing
Image Courtesy of Toronto Star

Taste of the Danforth

Taste of the Danforth is Canada’s LARGEST street festival that runs on Danforth Street through Greek Town. With over 1.6 million yearly attendees, this festival is clearly a hit you cannot miss. Be prepared to eat all the food your heart desires. This festival is jam-packed with all you need to have the best festival experience. Enjoy amazing food all for $6 or under, crazy right? There’s also live music and carnival games, so what’s not to like?

This year, Taste of the Danforth runs from Aug. 9-11, 2019. These tasty $6 eats include multiethnic food, but also tons of Greek options. This is the perfect festival to attend when you’re on a budget but still want to be a foodie.

Free admission? $6 quality eats? You’ll definitely see me there.



Bud light radler promo for Brunch fest including different breakfast items on table and cans of bud light radler in ice bucket
Image Courtesy of Bud Light Radler Brunch Fest

Brunch Fest

The most important meal of the day has a festival entirely dedicated to it—brunch. This has got to be one of the most unique festivals to check out this summer. Our favourite weekend ritual is finally getting the recognition it rightfully deserves. Enjoy all the best food including pancakes, waffles, egg bennies, smoothie bowls, and much, much more! Don’t miss out!

This legendary 19+ event takes place at The Grounds at Hotel X Toronto from June 1-2, 2019. Tickets to this event start at the low price of $7.95 for the 5-7 p.m. entry and $12.95 for any-time entry starting at 10 a.m. Plus, included with your ticket is a can of Bud Light Radler—But first, we brunch.


purple background with text reading "I'm extra and I'm worth it. Veg Food Fest." with guacamole on side
Image courtesy of Plant Based Toronto

Veg Fest

Don’t worry vegetarians and vegans, we didn’t forget about you. This festival is huge and filled with live music, free samples, and tons of vendors selling all the vegan and vegetarian essentials. Discover all the foodie essentials you’ve been missing out on and add some new staples to your collection. Keep your eye out for free giveaways and coupons while you’re there!

Located at Harbourfront Centre, this free food festival runs from Sept. 6-8, 2019. If the nice view of the lake isn’t enough to convince you then the free admission and veg delights should be plenty of incentive.

Whether you’re looking for a cute date idea, a day trip with your besties or a solo adventure, I hope you check these festivals out and enjoy your much-deserved summer break!

Looking for other things to do in the 6ix? Check out new things to do in Toronto this summer!

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